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Prey as big as me

Prey as big as me
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C770 UZ, no lens, (digital), No Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonfly with prey, Cannibalism (or almost), The predator with the Prey, Dragonflies of Europe 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-24 11:39
Viewed: 5249
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue Emperor - Anax imperator (male)

Large and powerful, averaging 78 mm in length.
Males have a sky blue abdomen marked with a diagnostic black dorsal stripe and an apple green thorax.
Females have a green thorax and abdomen.
Blue emperors mostly fly and don't rest. They are difficult to approach.

I believe the prey to be a female migrant hawker (Aeshna mixta) but I'm not sure.

The pic:
I've seen it flying with something big. I spotted where it landed and started to approach. (man, you can hear the munching from a 3m distance!) First in telezoom, then in supermacro mode. Super macro failed in the first time but the emperor landed again and I got a second chance (actual pic, distance about 6 cm)). As it was against the light, I wanted a third approach from the other side (through the bushs). But he got afraid when I pulled back my camera and disappeared for good above the woods :-(

For sure, I should have used an exposure bias and should learn to move even slower.

Thanks for looking.

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Hi JeanMarie,
that's my big wish, to see such a majestic dragon sometime also so close and sitting - I only see them flying, no chance to make a shot! Thank you so much for this impressive and sharp shot, what a great moment, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-24 13:22]

What a gruesome picture. Great shot. Amazing details and a good note

bonjour jean marie
cruelle mais magnifique en couleurs details et netteté.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-07-24 14:04]

Hey this is eating a dragon trough a dragon. Seldom seen, great shot, very well done and thank you very much fo sharing.
Gr. Hans

Great catch Jean!!! it's the moment... so rare, well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-24 16:22]

Terrorífica escena y excelentemente capturada JeanMarie.
Gran colorido y buena nitidez para una oportunidad bien aprovechada.

Huge scene and excellently captured JeanMarie.
Great coloring and good clarity for an opportunity well made good use of.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ***

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-24 16:35]

Hi JeanMarie,
Impressive capture of this predator at meal time! The pov is very good for the scene. Great details and moment and useful and interesting notes.
TFS, José M.

Intéressante scène de la vie animale. On apprend ains ce que mangent certaines libellules.
Bonne journée.

Bonjour Jean-Marie
Une excellente photo en macro avec ses deux libellules entrelacées.,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP

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